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A northeast Arkansas volunteer fire department fired a firefighter Tuesday over a Facebook post that said athletes who don't stand for the national anthem should be shot.

The post, attributed to Earle Fire Department volunteer firefighter Jonathan Marotti, said President Donald Trump should "post snipers at every game and each player that takes a knee or sits in the lockerroom" during the national anthem "should b shot in the head."

The post said people "out here protesting and makin idiots out of urselves," particularly "obama lovin snowflakes," should also be shot.

The Earle Fire Department, which has 19 firefighters, said in a statement Tuesday morning that Marotti has been fired. The department said it disagreed with the Facebook post, and "that type of behavior will not be tolerated."

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Assistant Chief John Buford said Marotti, who had worked with the department for at least four years, had violated the agency's social media policy. The policy bans employees from posting anything that may reflect poorly on the department.

"You devalue human life by making a comment like that," Buford said.

Earle is a town of roughly 2,400 people about 22 miles west of West Memphis.

The Facebook post attributed to Marotti came after players in the National Football League kneeled during the national anthem this week in protest of racial injustice. Some teams stayed in their locker rooms during the national anthem.

Several players said they kneeled in defiance of Trump, who had called on team owners to fire or suspend "son of b***h" players" who protest during the anthem.

NFL executives and team owners widely condemned Trump's comments, calling them divisive.

Metro on 09/27/2017

Print Headline: Firefighter loses job over Facebook post


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  • KingCoyote
    September 27, 2017 at 7:39 a.m.

    Very glad to see that they had a social media policy which could handle this situation. In any event, though, the guy was a moron.

  • RBear
    September 27, 2017 at 7:40 a.m.

    Hopefully Mr. Marotti learns from this and understands more clearly what is expected of him in such positions. To even think that a firefighter would make such offensive statements is unbelievable. The Earle FD acted properly in this situation and should be applauded. Let's hope Mr. Marotti will also take the next right steps to avoid future situations like this.

  • Retirednwsman
    September 27, 2017 at 8:27 a.m.

    When will people learn that you can't post such bull crap on social media without repercussions?.

    I just shake my head.

  • mrcharles
    September 27, 2017 at 8:46 a.m.

    This is what I mean, unwarranted civility. To say some is a moron [ see bass's usual statements] is one thing to say to kill someone for just kneeling is another. That kind of mentality and heart is what is wrong with the right, even when they say it is wrong they have a yeah but to add.

    Ye shall have no other deities before me--do we shoot jehovah witnesses for their disrespect for the flag, or for not believing Jesus is mang-d?

  • JPRoland
    September 27, 2017 at 8:57 a.m.

    If this firefighter were on drugs we would give him rehab. Do they have a behavior modification program or anything for people who do stuff like this? This type of mind-set is more dangerous than a drug addict. He shouldn't just be fired. There should be some counseling.

  • glh05230944
    September 27, 2017 at 10:18 a.m.

    Former fireman Marotti's posted comments echo the tenor of disturbed people who have carried out very serious criminal actions over the past few years. Hopefully, he has become a subject of interest to state and federal law enforcement agencies.

  • wildblueyonder
    September 27, 2017 at 10:49 a.m.

    There's an argument here about free speech so where is the "tolerance" from the left? It only seems to apply when the left makes "speech" to their satisfaction. Tell me, have leftists NOT made remarks about "assassinating Trump" and other such comments only to "apologize" and all is well?

  • psmithstro07231107
    September 27, 2017 at 10:53 a.m.

    When I served in the Navy during the Vietnam era, I was proud to represent the "free and the brave." --I was proud that I had the freedom and the rights that even though I didn't support everything my government did, I was proud to have the freedom to express my opinions. The NFL demonstrations aren't about the Flag or not having pride in our country--it's about activating or utilizing freedoms and rights.

    September 27, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

    Freedom of speech does not guarantee freedom from consequences of that speech.

    That's what the Reichwingers always seem to forget.

  • GoBigRed
    September 27, 2017 at 11:50 a.m.

    Gee Gohogs, I sure am glad no Republicans have said anything similar about Democratic Presidents, but as far as that kind of thing by "the Left' I guess you have a short memory because of recent news about Hollywood types paying for disparaging Trump and I recall a recent country singer taking a knee and her record sales. Plenty of examples.
    In regards to Earle, that would be the town where one law officer posted that he was gonna drive down the street and start opening up and another was doing a drug deal in Memphis and got caught. The mayor was recalled for remarks and taking a city car to the dog track. Earle is just a little bit of Arkansas.